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Death toll in Filipino flash floods rises to 436

Many people were killed as they slept in their beds and tropical storm tore through two cities.

THE RED CROSS has said that the mounting death toll from flash floods that ravaged the southern Philippines has reached 436. Most of those casualties are in two coastal cities.

Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwen Pang told The Associated Press that the latest toll today is based on a body count in funeral parlours.

She said that 215 died in Cagayan de Oro and 144 in nearby Iligan cities, and the rest in several other southern and central provinces.

Most of the dead were asleep last night when raging floodwaters triggered by a tropical storm tore through their homes from swollen rivers and cascaded from mountain slopes following 12 hours of pounding rain in the southern Mindanao region.

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    Police use a rubber boat to ferry trapped residents following a flash flood that inundated Cagayan De Oro city. (AP Photo/Froilan Gallardo)
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    Rescuers carry a girl to safety following a flash flood that inundated Cagayan De Oro. (AP Photo/Erwin Mascarinas)
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    A resident rummages through the debris in Cagayan De Oro. (AP Photo/Froilan Gallardo)
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    Trapped residents perched on a roof in Cagayan De Oro. (AP Photo/Erwin Mascarinas)
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    Rescuers paddle their rubber boat to search for survivors. (AP Photo/Froilan Gallardo)
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    Police carry a body after retrieving the victim of a flash flood. (AP Photo/Froilan Gallardo)

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